hygge = /ˈh(y)o͞oɡə,ˈho͝oɡə/ = a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)
When it is cold outside, we want our food to be warming and full of comfort - ribs, hearty stews, grilled meats, just to name a few, but what are the perfect winter wines to accompany this fare?
Well, zinfandel fits the bill nicely with its jammy, peppery flavor. Usually above 14% ABV with high acidity, it's definitely warming and pairs well with a variety of winter food favorites.
Nebbiolo and sangiovese are classic cold weather wines. With their high acidity and BIG tannins, I think they are best paired with a cozy fireplace, footy-pajamas, risotto & the Godfather streaming on Netflix.
White wine lovers, don't fret! An oaky, buttery chardonnay is perfect for rich, cream sauce laden pasta dishes and creamy soups...and though it may seem like 'bubbly' season is over, bubbles are a beverage that know no season IMO. Enjoy a glass of bubbly while snacking on potato chips and deciding what to eat for dinner (or as dinner) and you'll see what I mean. The comfort will wash over you like a warm blanket and fuzzy slippers.
And of course, we'd be remiss not to mention a nutty, caramel-y tawny port - perfect on it's own or with your after dinner cheese plate, port has a lot of things going for it, one of which is it keeps for months after opening. So there's no guilt in opening the bottle and treating yourself to a little glass before bed (in aforementioned footy-pajamas).
What will you be sipping on this weekend?